Grown up chickens

young hens
young hens

Our youngest chickens are (mostly) grown up now – They are just over 3.5 months old.  They are still a bit smaller than everyone else, but they are getting there.  I have finally figured out for sure what we have – Out of all the chicks we received this spring that lived (14 chicks, in two batches) we got 6 hens and 8 roosters.  We still have 6 of those roosters, and of course all the hens.  Our oldest young hen, a Speckled Sussex, laid her first egg a couple of weeks ago.  Her eggs have been about 1/2 the size of everyone else’s.  The first egg was small, and I thought they’d get bigger but so far they haven’t.  They are still good eggs so that is fine.

The small egg is from our speckled sussex. The larger one is a typical one from our adult 1 year old hens.
The small egg is from our speckled sussex. The larger one is a typical one from our adult 1 year old hens.

Here is our Speckled Sussex – she does not like to pose for pictures, and she’s been mostly hiding inside the coop to stay away from the roosters.

Our hen - I had to hold her to get her picture.
Our hen – I had to hold her to get her picture.

Our other hens are getting close to adulthood:

Here is one of our Brahma "twin" hens.
Here is one of our Brahma “twin” hens.
Here is the other Brahma hen.
Here is the other Brahma hen.
Our Cornish hen.
Our Cornish hen.
Our Buckeye hen.
Our Buckeye hen.
Our Black Sumatra hen.
Our Black Sumatra hen.

Our young roosters are growing too, and getting into mischief.

Here's our Splash rooster - I thought he was a Brahma because he has feathered legs. But I read that Splash Marans can have feathered legs as well. I am 99% sure he's a rooster, but I have seen another rooster try to mount him...
Here’s our Splash rooster – I thought he was a Brahma because he has feathered legs. But I read that Splash Marans can have feathered legs as well. I am 99% sure he’s a rooster, but I have seen another rooster try to mount him… He tries to mount the hens as well, but he’s not very successful.
Here is Wonky top - he is probably a Cuckoo Maran. He's ruffling his feathers in this picture.
Here is Wonky top – he is probably a Cuckoo Maran. He’s ruffling his feathers in this picture. He lost a lot of his tail feathers from getting picked on by the bigger roosters a few weeks ago when we tried to put all the roosters in their own pen.  He didn’t do very well – he’s doing really great now with everyone together.
Here is our Dorking rooster.  His feathers are getting really pretty. He's pretty calm, it could be because he's at the bottom of the rooster pecking order though.
Here is our Dorking rooster. His feathers are getting really pretty. He’s mostly pretty calm, it could be because he’s at the bottom of the rooster pecking order though.
Here is our Delaware rooster.  He is one of the older batch.
Here is our Delaware rooster. He is one of the older batch.
Here is Big Red, he's a Buckeye.  He was getting a tiny bit aggressive for awhile, but he's toned it down.
Here is Big Red, he’s a Buckeye. He was getting a tiny bit aggressive for awhile, but he’s toned it down.
Here is our big beautiful Brahma rooster.  I really want to keep him, but he has lately become a bit aggressive with me.  I'm trying to break that out of him (just showing him I won't take his attitude) but we'll have to see.  I can't keep a really aggressive rooster. I'm hoping he comes around.
Here is our big beautiful Brahma rooster. I really want to keep him, but he has lately become a bit aggressive with me. I’m trying to break that out of him (just showing him I won’t take his attitude) but we’ll have to see. I can’t keep a really aggressive rooster. I’m hoping he comes around.

I haven’t taken that many pictures of my older ladies lately – I need to get some chicken saddles.  They have a bit of feather loss from the roosters, and a little from molting, I believe. Here are a few of them:

Here are some of the older ladies out in the pen.
Here are some of the older ladies out in the pen.
Here's my bare-backed Barred Rock hen.
Here’s my bare-backed Barred Rock hen.
Here's one of my white hens - she likes to reach through the fence for grass even though they have grass in their pen.
Here’s one of my white hens – she likes to reach through the fence for grass even though they have grass in their pen. You can see he head has a bald spot from the roosters’ antics.

Overall, the chickens are doing well.  I need to cull at least a couple more roosters though. And get some chicken saddles for the ladies.

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One thought on “Grown up chickens

  1. pobept August 27, 2015 / 12:38 pm

    Love seeing your flock
    Thanks

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